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Spirit of Peace Minister

Natures Fury Strikes Pilger Community

On June 17, an unusual but significant twin tornado swiftly descended upon Pilger, Nebraska with little warning. This child was in the community with her family visiting her grandparents. Mom and her daughter were swept away by the aberrant fury of nature. Today Mom is in critical condition, her daughter is called home to heaven.

A natural fury from this world has taken her away, but we know that she is with The Lord, and in that sense, He has taken her to a better place.

In grief we cry out, “Perhaps something must have gone wrong! Why must this happen in our lives?” By the grace of The Lord and the strength of the Holy Spirit we have the courage to accept unfortunate challenges in life. Through His love for us, The Lord has given His only Son for us on the cross. He knows our pain. He understands. He is there to help.

Dear Lord, Maker of heaven and earth and Giver of life, we thank You for all the mercies You grant to our brothers and sisters in Christ, during their earthly lives, especially for calling them to faith in Jesus Christ. Please comfort the survivors who mourn their deaths with the hope of the glorious resurrection and a joyful reunion in heaven. Keep us mindful that we are your beloved children so that we will be prepared to die in the faith and receive the glory promised to all who trust in Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Library Hosts Academy Science Rockets

Valley Library hosts a Summer Reading Program. Twin Rivers YMCA co-ops with Valley Library in the Summer Reading Program. The library staff reaches out to the community with interesting and educational children’s activities throughout the summer.
In June, on Wednesdays 11th and 18th, from 10 am – Noon, Academy Science is visiting the Valley Library with its STEM focus on air rockets build and launch competition demonstration.
All participating youth and adults get personalized instruction in building a performance style competition air rocket and an opportunity to launch in sandlot style competition. It is typical performance for a first time rocketeer in this program to get one hundred feet altitude and two hundred fifty feet in lateral flight distance on the first or second try with the air rocket launch shot.
So come on down for some fellowship and science FUN!

Trinity Sunday Fathers Day Picnic in the Park

Trinity Sunday Fathers Day Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, June 15, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

(“Remember, I am with you always!” Matt. 28).

Activities for the Entire Family!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Where: Valley City Park Pavilion
400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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Dad and Jesus Fuel Rockets Devotion

Teacher, How do we bridge Scripture and the realm of science in youth ministry?
We may choose a creative example inspired by Scripture through the working of the Holy Spirit in the Rockets Devotion for Youth.
With a timely tribute to Father’s Day, Dad can engage this one and be a model teaching example to youth.

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Presentation Theme Guidance.
Discuss how the rocket is only seen by a few people when it is on the ground, but when it has the power and launches, it is seen by many people all around.
When we have the power of the Holy Spirit inspiring us, we are able to be a greater witness to all nations (people).

Isaiah 40:28-31
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.

Presentation Theme Guidance.
Talk about when we pray for God’s help, He gives us all the strength that we need on the inside to do what He asks us to.
We are also able to go farther, higher and accomplish goals once we have recieved His strength.

Zechariah. 4:4-6
4 And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my Lord?” 5 Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my Lord.” 6 Then He said to me, “This is the Word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.

We are like rockets when it comes to serving The Lord. We need high power fuel.
The Holy Spirit brings us strength and inspiration.
The Lord tells us to rely on His spirit.
We have The Lord’s spirit in us.
We choose to do something pleasing to The Lord.
We rely on The Lord’s power.
Stand back while we do something powerful for The Lord.
What do we do?
What can we do to serve The Lord this week?
Remind the youth to show everyone their high power fuel rockets and what they do to serve The Lord.

Closing Prayer.
In Jesus’ name we pray,
Dear Jesus,
For our youth all over the Lord’s bountiful creation,
as precious believers in You,
Please give our youth the patience to wait on You,
Please send them the Holy Spirit,
so You may lead them in the path of righteousness and
they may soar like rockets to engage your call.
For all who lead youth in ministry,
May The Lord bless you and guard you,
May The Lord show you His favor and be gracious to you,
May The Lord show you His kindness and grant You His peace.
Amen

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Pentecost Sunday Service and Potluck Picnic in the Park

Pentecost Sunday Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

(“Receive the Holy Spirit!” John 20).

Activities for the Entire Family!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Where: Valley City Park Pavilion
400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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Believers Walk in Fellowship with Jesus

Teacher, why does it feel so rewarding to get together with people for Fellowship in the Park, Worship, Celebration and Festive activities?
We experience peace, hope, love and joy in society through our belief in and relationship with our Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit!
We are created by The Lord in His image. The Lord loves us, His children. He sent His only son, Jesus, to show us the way; so that we could die to sin, be reborn through Baptism, Confession, Penance, Absolution and experience Jesus’ love for us through His gifts of Grace and Salvation.
Luther teaches us that we become believers in Jesus through the inspiration and strength that we receive from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enlightens and calls us. Book of Concord, ed. Robert Kolb & Timothy J. Wengert (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000), 355.
We receive inspiration that fills us with such joy, we witness our belief in the Word to all nations (people). We receive satisfaction in doing good works in the name of Jesus that are pleasing to The Lord as we pursue our calling in life through inspiration from the Holy Spirit.
Scripture
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt. 22.
“Receive the Holy Spirit!” John 20.
“For wherever two or three people have come together in my name, I am there, right among them!” Matt. 18.
Prayer
Dear Lord, In the glorious name of Jesus, we come before Your throne of mercy and grace asking You to please inspire believers, your children, with Your divine abundance of love, inspiration and strength through the Holy Spirit, and bless us with fullness in Your love while we teach and live Your holy Word. Amen.
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Ascension Sunday (Observed) Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

(He blessed them and was carried up into heaven! Luke 24).

(Tradition: Easter Hare still has gifts for good children).

Where: Valley City Park Large Pavilion
400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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Memorial Day Monday

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
The Memorial Day federal holiday was known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war.
The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers is an ancient custom.
In the religious observance of Memorial Day, we turn to Martin Luther, of War. Treatise on the Peasants’ Revolt: Admonition to Peace.
May God be praised! For the very fact that the sword has been instituted by God to punish the evil, protect the good, and preserve peace [Rom. 13:1–4; I Pet. 2:13–14] is powerful and sufficient proof that war and killing along with all the things that accompany wartime and martial law have been instituted by God. What else is war but the punishment of wrong and evil? Why does anyone go to war, except because he desires peace and obedience?
Martin Luther AE. 46.
Let us pray …
Dear Jesus,
We pray that you turn the hearts of all people, military and civilian, to your example where we find true peace. Please inspire us to know, take hold and treasure your gifts of Grace and Salvation. In Your Name, our Blessed Savior, who gifts us peace, hope, love and joy for eternity, we pray. Amen.
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